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Nokka is an excellent restaurant beside the water in the Katajanokka area of Helsinki, below the Russian church. There are lovely views from the outside tables and the interior is inviting.

Nokka

Nokka

Nokka

They are offering a very good deal for lunch on weekdays…€10 for their special of the day. Look for the blackboard at the front.

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The lunch special on the day we were there was pike tart with potatoes and salad and it was great!

Nokka

Nokka

We have enjoyed several delicious meals at Nokka, and we like this idea very much.

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It is almost summer in Helsinki and there are baby birds everywhere. The weather has been amazing and we have spent some time walking beside the sea. We have seen nesting birds and new chicks making the most of the gorgeous sunny days.

Barnacle geese and their babies.

Birds in Helsinki

One parent on the nest and the other keeping guard.

Birds in Helsinki

Birds in Helsinki

Beside the nesting seagull is a ball of fluff.

Birds in Helsinki

I have never seen a baby seagull before.

Birds in Helsinki

There were 2 slightly older ones nearby.

Birds in Helsinki

 Birds in Helsinki

A Barnacle goose had her nest in the middle of a public beach.

 Birds in Helsinki

This bird was just resting I think.

 Birds in Helsinki

Learning to swim.

Proud parents.

Helsinki birds

This couple was not bothered by people at all,  but when a dog came to close it was a different story.

Helsinki birds

Protecting their babies.

The ducks have babies too.

Helsinki birds

Helsinki birds

Asleep in the shade.

Helsinki birds

The white duck is still here.

Helsinki birds

It is great to see new life everywhere. The birds are quite comfortable near people and go about their daily lives in peace.

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The Katajanokka area of Helsinki was a headland of the Helsinki peninsular until a small canal was dug across the base in the 19th century, making it an island.
The area is dominated by the Uspenski Cathedral.


If you walk past the Cathedral you will find many fine examples of early 20th century Art Nouveau architecture.
I particularly like the roof lines and the decoration. Here are just a few examples.

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Helsinki

Don’t miss this area if you visit Helsinki. It is within easy walking distance of the main shopping district.

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Parliament House in the Toolo district of Helsinki is an impressive building.

Parliament House Helsinki

It is built in a combination of Neoclassical style and early 20th century  modernism. The exterior is constructed in red Kalvola granite. The facade has 14 columns with Corinthian capitals.

In 1923 there was a competition to choose the location for Parliament House. Arkadiamaki, a hill beside what is now Mannerheimintie, was chosen.

An architectural competition the following year chose the firm of Borg-Siren-Aberg to design the building. Sigfrid Siren Siren (1889 1961) was given the task. Parliament House was constructed between 1926 – 1931 and was inaugurated on March 7 1931.

Guided tours are arranged on Saturdays at 11.00 & 12.30. Sundays 12.00 & 13.30. In July and August also at 14.00 on weekdays.

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The winter weather was perfect for my recent visit to Helsinki. The sky was blue, there was no wind and it was not too cold.

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When I return it will be almost summer. I will see a completely different Helsinki.

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GLO

One of my favourite places to stay In Helsinki is the GLO hotel in Kluuvikatu.

The central location makes it ideal for a city stay.

The rooms are lovely and the beds heavenly to sleep on.

GLO Helsinki

They have a new restaurant and it is excellent!

GLO Helsinki

GLO Helsinki

GLO Helsinki

GLO Helsinki

I look forward to my next stay in Helsinki in the new year.

GLO Kluuvi.

Kluuvikatu 4

http://www.glohotels.fi

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On my recent visit to Helsinki lovely friends took me to Lake Tuusula, about 30 minutes from Helsinki.

We visited the house of Finnish painter Pekka Halonen. (1865 – 1933). He was famous for his Finnish landscapes and people in Realist style.

His beautiful wooden house sits by the edge of the lake. The position provided him with perfect inspiration for his art. He designed the house himself with his brother Antti and called it Halosenniemi.

I wish I could show you the inside of the house but there was a strict, no photo rule. Instead come for a walk around the outside. It was a bleak autumn day on our visit, but the garden and the views from it are enchanting. I must return in spring.

Pekka Halonen

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Pekka Halonen

Pekka Halonen

Halonen’s studio was opened for the first time to the public in the 1950s. Tickets cost €8 and is open Tuesday – Sunday. The house is stunning and it is a wonderful insight into the life of the artist.

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